The Twelve Drummers Drumming
The Twelve Drummers Drumming Symbolize The 12 Points Of Belief In The Apostles Creed
In the early days of England, they had town watchmen, known as waits, that went around patrolling the streets and calling out the hours of the night. By the 18th century, they got a little more skilled and turned into town musicians. During Christmastime, these town musicians were nicely rewarded. They sang day and night, often serenading sleepers from midnight to dawn.
But, odd as this seems, Europe wasn’t really into drums. They actually first got introduced to them during the Crusades when they brought them back to Europe as their spoils from the Holy Land. These drums were basically Egyptian and Sumerian. Soon, the beat of a drum became associated with warfare. And, a symbol of marching into battle.
If you are interested in the Twelve Articles of Catholic Faith you are welcome to read about them here. Not being a Catholic, I decided to find a more jubilant way of celebrating the Twelfth Day before the Twelfth Night.
The number twelve carries religious, mythological and magical symbolism, generally representing perfection, entirety, or cosmic order in traditions since antiquity. Notably, twelve is the number of full lunations in a solar year, and hence the number of months in a solar calendar, as well as the number of signs in the Western and the Chinese zodiac.
The Twelve Olympians are the principal gods of the pantheon, and Hercules carries out twelve labours.
Ishmael – the first-born son of Abraham – has 12 sons/princes (Genesis 25:16), and Jacob also has 12 sons, who are the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. This is reflected in Christian tradition, notably in the twelve Apostles.
The “Twelve Days of Christmas” count the interval between Christmas and Epiphany. Eastern Orthodoxy observes twelve Great Feasts.
The number of twelve jurors in jury trials is depicted by Aeschylus in the Eumenides. In the play, the innovation is brought about by the goddess Athena, who summons twelve citizens to sit as jury.
In English Common Law, the tradition of twelve jurors harks back to the 10th-century law code introduced by Aethelred the Unready.
There are twelve Jyotirlinga(Self-formed Lingas) of Lord Shiva in Hindu temples across India according to the Shaiva tradition.
The Sun god Surya has 12 names.
There are 12 Petals in Anahata or “heart chakra”.
There are frequently said to be 12 Âdityas.
In Twelver Shi’a Islam, there are twelve Imams, legitimate successors of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. These twelve early leaders of Islam are—Ali, Hasan, Husayn, and nine of Husayn’s descendants. Sura 12 in the Quran is sura Yusuf, narrating the story of the sons of Jacob. Source: WIKI
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Number 12 symbolizes completion and procession. The seeker is ready to turn the page after having journeyed and learned. S/He released his false idols and became pure at heart. Now, s/he makes himself available, turns within and awaits.